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Pedaling vs. fiddling

Dear Editor:The theme of President Bush’s summer vacation this year could be: Bush pedals while Iraq burns. Bush has been riding the bike at the ranch in Crawford, Texas, and at other vacation spots, and even riding with Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong. Meanwhile, the death and destruction continues in Iraq, and the Baghdad temperature forecast for tomorrow is 115 degrees in the shade. Cindy Sheehan, whose son died in Iraq, is down in Crawford to demand some answers about Bush’s war in Iraq. Bush gives the impression that he’d rather go for a bike ride than sit down and have to explain himself to someone who has actually made a sacrifice for the war. Ninety-nine percent of Americans have made no sacrifice to this war, including Bush. (We haven’t even been paying for it; it’s been done on our Bank of China charge card.) She has really scared the Bush camp. You can be sure of that by how viciously they have attacked her. As always, attack the threat but don’t address the issues.Nero fiddled, they say, while Rome burned. That had to be one of history’s greatest examples of a leader failing to pay attention. In August 2001 Bush was at his ranch when a presidential briefing was delivered that said Osama bin Laden was about to attack the United States. His staff says they don’t know if the president ever saw it. Oops! I wonder what he might miss this time. Patrick HunterCarbondale

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